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A tail of the free Bus day 0

IMG_0040 Date: 10th/5/2016

Date: 10th/5/2016
Time: 12:30
Starting Location: free bus stops out side of innovation campus
Ending Location: University bus bay
Company: Jane

Tuesday arvo after my tutoring with my tut I set out to meet up with Jane who I agreed that we would meet at the agreeable time of 12:30 at the front of innovation campus. We were fresh with idea’s and eager to get into the project as only the week before we where thrown together and still deciding on how we were going to approach this task at hand. We figured that we would serve food to the people at the bus bays but as we went along through the day we discovered that probably wasn’t the way.

Meeting up with Jane we decide to ride the bus and talk with the passengers on board (after a brief moment of deciding what we were going to do). We would do this in two parts where one of us would have a yarn with them and what would be nice to have during and pre there bus ride and we discuss about our assessment to them and get their opinion. While that was going on the other person would take photos of the conversation between there partner and the other passenger.
IMG_0039IMG_0042We passed the camera between each other and took turn talking to the other passengers until we came to a stop where I would hold the camera (because I knew how to use it) and Jane would be in charge of talking to the other people (because she’s normal and I’m not when talking to other people), it was a mutual agreement and we found this way a lot easier to power through each people we encountered. It also gave us an understanding of both or strength and weakness of how we approach the next encounter out on the field.
We road the bus for about an hour which is the full loop of its journey but we had to stop as Jane discovered that sitting in a moving metal tin did not agree with my stomach (sorry but yes I suffer from motion sickness, not pretty). So we stopped the task at the uni and decide to call it before we could complete the full route. But in the end we had received great result in both the people we talked with which inspired us to come up with something solid for the task but most importantly we came to release that our idea is related to that of a pilgrim and in most cases of the idea of ‘all road’s lead to Rome’.IMG_0052IMG_0044

Draw on me #1 (At North Wollongong beach)

Although I had done a little bit of preparation last night, I still needed to load everything into my car. Packing the art supplies was going to be easy; however the painting easel and table were more of a concern. With all my time be occupied on the art supplies, I forgot to make sure that the table and easel would fit in my tiny Holden Astra. Thankfully, everything fit into my car with just enough room for two people to squeeze in.

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Once I was all packed, I headed to Campus East to pick up Daniel. With Dan not having his license, getting to different locations was going to be a little difficult for him. I know he could have caught the bus if need be, but I was more than happy to pick him up.

Once I had picked him up, we headed down to North Wollongong beach. Being a Saturday morning we were expecting quite a lot of people to be around, or at least we were hoping a lot of people would be around. After we found a car-park, we decided to first scout out an area where lots of people would see our project. At first, we thought we should put it next to the little coffee and food kiosk, but with this being too much of a high traffic area, people may feel judged and deterred from approaching the canvas. In the end, we decided to set up our project about 100m away from the kiosk right next to the footpath. By setting up here, we would get lots of people looking at it whilst on their walks. As well as being in a noticeable area, people can approach the canvas without feeling intimidated by 100 people drinking coffee and watching them.

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After we had finally set up our project at 10:10am, we went and sat down by the bank of the beach about 30m away. Whilst sitting there we both decided that by giving the public two hours to draw on the canvas we would be able to get plenty of authentic expressions.

Seeing though it was a Saturday morning and the weather was pretty warm, I was pretty confident that we would get about 10 people to draw on the canvas. If we had set up the canvas on a day that had crappy weather I would have put that number around 5, but seeing though it was a nice day I was assuming that people would be eager to have some fun and put something on the canvas.

It didn’t take long before someone approached the canvas and started to draw, it was about seven minutes in that we had our first artist. Although we couldn’t actually see what they were drawing, we were very excited that someone had actually approached it. Within the first 20 minutes several people had drawn on it and that is when Daniel and I decided to write down what time everyone drew on it. On top of this, we thought it would be a good idea to take progressive photos of the canvas.

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Drawer Time
Start: 10:10am Saturday 21st May 2016, North Wollongong Beach
#1 10:17
#2 10:24
#3 10:30
#4 10:33
#5 10:37
Took photo of canvas 10:50
#6 10:53
#7 11:01
#8 11:02
#9 11:03
#10 11:12
Took photo of canvas 11:15
#11 11:18
#12 11:23
#13 11:24
#14 11:25
#15 11:29
#16 11:39
Took photo of canvas 11:40
#17 11:52
#18 11:55
#19 12:01
Took photo of canvas and packed up project 12:10

Although it was quite easy to tell if an individual was drawing on the canvas, the same can’t be said for a group. In the event that a group of people would approach the canvas, we just counted this as one interaction. Sometimes a group would be there for a long time and other times they would be gone before you could blink, so that is why we decided to tally the interactions this way.

We also thought that it would have been a little creepy have two people staring at you from a distance just to see if you would draw on a canvas.

In the end, we had 19 interactions where an individual or a group would add something to the artwork. To be honest I am very surprised that there were so many people willing to take time out of their day just to draw on a random canvas.

With today being such a success, I hope that our Crown Street and University canvases are much the same.

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Brainstorming

With the third and final assessment task requiring a small group, Daniel Martins and I agreed that we would make a pretty good team. We had sat next to each other almost every class and had become pretty good friends, so it made sense for us to go together.

Although we initially had no idea what we wanted to do or achieve, we started to write down a few ideas.

To help get some ideas flowing, we wrote down a skills list to see what each of us could bring to the table.

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With Daniel studying theatre, we established that he had skills in music, theatre and video production.

With my degree being a Bachelor of Journalism, my skills involve writing, socialising and being able to engage others.

By establishing the wide range of skills we have, we started to think about how we could incorporate them into our project. Although hindsight can be a great tool, I believe that Daniel and I were getting too ahead of ourselves. Instead of brainstorming concepts and ideas, we found ourselves searching for the perfect idea right off the bat.

The four ideas that we originally came up with were;

  1. Setting up a game where one of us is player 1 and player 2 would be someone from the public
  2. Focus on the concept of a signature, what does it mean and what is its value, then go out and collect as many signatures as possible
  3. Set up an object and a yarn of wool, start wrapping the wool around the object and get people from the public to take turns wrapping the wool
  4. Set up a canvas and art supplies in different locations around Wollongong and leave it for a few hours and then come back and see what has been created

Right from the start, both of us agreed that we wanted to engage others in our social intersections project; however, we were unsure what means of communication would draw in the most people.

To help further understand how artists engage concepts, ideas and other people, it was fantastic to be able to travel to Redfern and get some inspiration. Throughout the whole day, whether we were at ‘The Block’, looking at street murals or visiting Keg de Souza’s project as part of Sydney’s Biennale, it was great to see how artists are able to represent their own social beliefs through their artwork.

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